The Salem witch trials did not burn witches. It hung them which is a quick death. It was in Europe that witches for centuries were burned at the stake along with any sort of heretic. Incidentally, there was a time in the Middle Ages when reading the Bible meant you were a heretic! Seriously. The church did not want people finding out what the Bible really said. And that’s why the Reformation occurred and Gutenberg’s printing press making it easy to make copies of the Bible was so important.